The author discusses whether the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines represent an advance in our nation's approach to criminal law or a step backward-a "dismal failure," as Judge Cabranes so bluntly asserted a few years ago. The authors goal is to convince you that the guidelines are in fact a surprising success, indeed that they represent a step forward in federal criminal justice.
James Gibson and Michael Goldsmith, The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines: A Surprising Success? 1 (N.Y.U. Law School Ctr. for Research in Crime & Just., Occsn’l Paper in Crime & Just. No. 12,1999).